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posted by mattie_p on Monday March 10 2014, @07:47PM   Printer-friendly
from the always-backup-your-website dept.

Update: The staff is in conversation with the buyer right now. More to follow, but at this point it looks to be a benevolent benefactor from the community. More to follow as we get it.

SoylentNews community:

As you know, there is not a lot of information available right now. Barrabas reports that he has sold the Soylentnews.org and associated domain names, and successfully transferred them, but neither the buyer's name nor the terms of that sale have been disclosed. As spokesperson for the staff of the site during this time, we would like everyone to know the following:

Our current backup plan is to revert to the li694-22.members.linode.com where the site is actually hosted. If we need to go there for any reason, we will try to notify the site in advance. If it has to go down or we are forced down, we'll be there. We will rebuild the database with some downtime and work from there.

We will send out a mass email to all users from the database informing them of this step should we need to do so.

We do not plan to implement this yet. We (the staff) did not advocate the buyout, but will try and work with the buyer if possible. We do not know the terms on which the domain name was sold.

We the staff will still operate the site, in its current condition on linode, until the community can vote on a new name. Depending on the buyer, we hope we can consider keeping the name the same as an option.

Until we know more information, we would like everyone to remain calm, collected, and civil, while we sort through these issues. Thank you

~mattie_p

 
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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by TheRaven on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:09AM

    by TheRaven (270) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:09AM (#14423) Journal

    The amount that they seem to have spent on this is ludicrous. There are loads of open-source-friendly hosting companies that would love to donate the VMs in exchange for being able to say that they support a site like this. If they'd registered as a non-profit early, then the hosting company would be able to claim the 'loss' of the VM (at full retail price) as a taxable donation, and so would basically have the publicity for free. Registering as a non-profit is a bit tricky in the US, but a CIC in the UK is very cheap and conveys many of the same benefits (not the tax status, but the hosting company could still write off then VM donation as a loss, which amounts to effectively the same thing).

    While we do seem to have some people who know about Perl, there's a sorry lack of leadership in this project. After the recent set of tantrums, I have little faith in NCommander to be able to manage people, so who do we have who can lead a community and not mess it up?

    Here's a clue for anyone interested in the job: if you're being a good leader in an organisation like this, no one realises that you're doing it. It's not an ego-boosting job, because the only time people are aware of you is when you're doing it wrong. It can be very rewarding, as you see the things that you've created grow, but you can't do it for the recognition.

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  • (Score: 1) by willie3204 on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:39AM

    by willie3204 (826) on Tuesday March 11 2014, @02:39AM (#14438)

    sudo mod above up